Bryan Ray Trout
January 20, 1970
Lynchburg, Virginia U.S.
(m. 1997; div. 2005)
(m. 2012; div. 2015)
Skeet Ulrich (// UL-rich; born Bryan Ray Trout on January 20, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in popular 1990s films, including Billy Loomis in Scream, Chris Hooker in The Craft and Vincent in As Good As It Gets. Since 2017, he has starred as FP Jones on The CW's Riverdale. His other television roles include Johnston Jacob "Jake" Green Jr. in the television series Jericho, and LAPD Detective Rex Winters, a Marine veteran from the Law & Order franchise.
Bryan Ray Trout was born on January 20, 1970, in Lynchburg, Virginia. His mother, Carolyn Elaine Wax (née Rudd), owns the special events marketing agency Sports Management Group, and his father is a restaurateur. His first stepfather was D. K. Ulrich, a NASCAR driver and team owner, whom he considers his father. In 1990, his mother remarried, to Edward Lewis Wax. Ulrich's maternal uncle is retired NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd, and his maternal grandfather was Alvin Ray Rudd, Sr., the president of Al Rudd Auto Parts.
Ulrich's father kidnapped him and his brother when he was six years old, and they spent the next three years moving from Florida to New York and then to Pennsylvania. They were reunited with their mother in North Carolina, where his father disappeared from his life.
The nickname "Skeet" originated from "Skeeter", a nickname he was given by his Little League coach because of his small stature and because he was fast as a mosquito. Along with his slight frame, he had poor health, including numerous bouts with pneumonia; he underwent open-heart surgery to repair a defective ventricle at the age of 10. Ulrich graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School in North Carolina. After enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to study marine biology, he switched to New York University, where he was noticed by playwright David Mamet.
In his earliest screen appearances, Ulrich was an uncredited extra in films Weekend at Bernie's (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). After joining the Atlantic Theater Company as an apprentice, Ulrich performed with the group, which got him noticed by director Stacy Cochran. She cast him in a CBS Schoolbreak Special. With her help, he also received his first notable role on screen in 1996 as the loutish boyfriend of Winona Ryder in Boys. That same year, he appeared in The Craft opposite Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell. He was cast that same year to star alongside Campbell again in Wes Craven's hit slasher film Scream.
In 1997, he had a small role as an emotionally conflicted gay hustler in As Good as It Gets (along with fellow Scream actor Jamie Kennedy). He appeared in films like The Newton Boys (1998) and Chill Factor (1999). He starred as Juvenal, a young man with stigmata and healing powers in the Paul Schrader film Touch (1997), and he appeared in Ride with the Devil (1999), an American Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. In 2000, he played computer hacker Kevin Mitnick in the film Takedown.
On television, Ulrich starred in the short-lived ABC series Miracles and appeared in TNT's multiple Emmy-nominated miniseries Into the West (2005 in the U.S., 2006 in the UK). Also in 2005, Ulrich acted with Keri Russell in the television film The Magic of Ordinary Days. He starred as Jake Green on the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, which premiered on September 20, 2006, and ended its run on March 25, 2008. The series was cancelled after its first season but was brought back due to fan outcry and support. Fans lobbied the studio, and the series was brought back for a shorted second season.
Ulrich is a recurring guest voice actor on the Adult Swim animated stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken. In sketches based on G.I. Joe, Ulrich voices the character Duke. Ulrich guest-starred in three episodes of CSI: NY as a complex and disturbed killer. As of 2017, he stars as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II, the father of Jughead Jones, in Riverdale on The CW, loosely based on the Archie comic book series. On February 23, 2020, Ulrich announced that he would be leaving Riverdale ahead of its fifth season, making season four his last on the show.
Ulrich appeared as Brian David Mitchell in the 2017 Lifetime film I Am Elizabeth Smart, based on the 2002 abduction and captivity of Elizabeth Smart. He also played as Brice in the 2017 horror movie Escape Room.
In 1997, Ulrich married English actress Georgina Cates, whom he met at an Academy Awards party. Their wedding was a small ceremony held on their farmland in Madison County, Virginia, with only the preacher and their canine companions as guests. They have twins, Naiia (daughter) and Jakob (son), born in 2001. Ulrich and Cates separated in 2004 and filed for divorce in 2005, citing irreconcilable differences.
|1989||Weekend at Bernie's||Extra||Uncredited|
|1990||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Thug||Uncredited|
|1996||The Craft||Chris Hooker|
|1996||Albino Alligator||Danny Boudreaux|
|1997||Touch||Juvenal / Charlie Lawson|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Vincent|
|1998||The Newton Boys||Joe Newton|
|1999||Chill Factor||Tim Mason|
|1999||Ride with the Devil||Jack Bull Chiles|
|2000||Track Down||Kevin Mitnick|
|2001||Nobody's Baby||Billy Raedeen|
|2001||Soul Assassin||Kevin Burke|
|2001||Kevin of the North||Kevin Manley|
|2009||For Sale by Owner||Junior|
|2014||50 to 1||Chip Woolley|
|2014||The Girl on the Roof||N/A||Short film; director|
|2017||Austin Found||Billy Fontaine|
|1994||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Vinnie DiFazio||Episode: "Same Difference"|
|1998||A Soldier's Sweetheart||Mark Fossie||Television film|
|2003||Miracles||Paul Callan||13 episodes|
|2005||The Magic of Ordinary Days||Ray Singleton||Television film|
|2005||Into the West||Jethro Wheeler||TV miniseries|
|2006–2008||Jericho||Jake Green||29 episodes|
|2007–2021||Robot Chicken||Various voices||10 episodes|
|2009||Back||Richard Miles||Television film|
|2009||CSI: NY||Hollis Eckhart||3 episodes|
|2010||Gimme Shelter||Billy Jost||Television film|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Det. Rex Winters||Episode: "Behave"|
|2010–2011||Law & Order: LA||Det. Rex Winters||14 episodes|
|2013||Anatomy of Violence||Adrian Raines||Television film|
|2015–2016||Unforgettable||Eddie Martin||2 episodes|
|2017||I Am Elizabeth Smart||Brian David Mitchell||Television film|
|2017–2021||Riverdale||FP Jones||Recurring role (season 1)|
Main role (seasons 2–5)
|2020||#FreeRayshawn||Sgt. Mike Trout||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films||Best Supporting Actor||Scream||Nominated|
|2006||Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards||N/A||The Magic of Ordinary Days||Won|
|Western Heritage Awards||Television Feature Film||Into the West||Won|
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